About Saint Thomas'

The Norman church at Stanhope known as the Church of St Thomas the Apostle standing immediately above the Market Square is over 800 years old with evidence of an earlier Anglo-Saxon building.  The 2* listed Church has a fascinating history partly due to the distinguished and colourful rectors who have been attracted to enjoy the benefits attached.  Good fortune has preserved the contents including a Roman altar, ancient fonts, beautiful woodwork and superb medieval glass.

The Churchyard has listed tombstones and the world famous 250,000,000-year-old Fossil tree. Contact us


    For obvious reasons, our Spring and Summer programme is not happening. No outing, no Strawberry Tea in Wimbledon Week......not even an AGM! We will do our best to meet again in the autumn, as life picks up after these strange weeks.

    Meanwhile, please support our Grand Draw —  we are raffling a lovely framed watercolour of the church by renowned local artist John Wigston G.R.A. He very kindly donated it to the Friends to raise money for repairs after the theft of lead from the roof last December.

Tickets will be for sale by the beginning of July in Stan hope shops and the draw will be in church on Thursday 17 December, during a visit from the Bishop of Durham.


We look forward to welcoming you to our Church (we can accommodate wheelchair bound visitors by laying portable ramps to allow access up the church steps)


Stanhope Market Place

Bishop Auckland

DL13 2UP


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